AIR School Improvement Experts Present at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

Washington, D.C. – American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts will discuss research-based methodologies, practices and professional development approaches for improving schools and districts at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement January 3-6, 2015 in Cincinnati, OH.

The theme of the conference, which explores the current understanding of what comprises effective schools and educational programs worldwide, is “Think Globally, Act Locally, and Educate All Children to Their Full Potential.” AIR senior researchers Marlene Darwin and Coby Meyers served as members of the Program Committee.

AIR presentations include:

Saturday, January 3

Data-Driven Teacher Professional Development: It Works!
Paper Sessions Breakout 1.8.2 | 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Dina El-Araby & Samir Fadel

Exploring How Methodological Decisions Affect the Variability of Schools Identified as Beating the Odds
Paper Sessions Breakout 1.9.3 | 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Coby Meyers

Translating Research on Response to Intervention Into Practice
Symposia Breakout 2.3 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Winsome Waite & Jim Lindsay

Sunday, January 4

First-Year Impacts of the National Math and Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program (NMSI)
Paper Sessions Breakout 3.7.3 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
AIR Presenters: Dan Sherman, Marlene Darwin & Suzanne Stachel

Measuring Implementation Fidelity Across School Contexts Over Time
Paper Sessions Breakout 4.8.1 | 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Coby Meyers & Ayrin Molefe

Accountability and Assistance Between the State and the District: Evaluating Massachusetts’ Accelerated Improvement Plan Process for Underperforming Districts
Paper Sessions Breakout 4.8.4 | 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Matthew J. Welch & Laura Stein

Monday, January 5

Effects of Interim Assessments on Student Achievement
Paper Sessions Breakout 7.8.3 | 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Shazia R. Miller

Using Indiana State Data To Identify High School Students Who Are Unlikely To Succeed in College
Paper Sessions Breakout 7.9.3 | 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Elisabeth Davis, Jim Lindsay & Jennifer Stephan

Using Student Data To Develop a Statewide K–12 Early Warning Indicator System
Paper Sessions Breakout 7.9.4 | 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Susan Bowles Therriault

Tuesday, January 6

Building Researchers’ Capacity to Partner With Practitioners To Conduct Relevant and Useful Research
Workshop 8.2 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Julie Kochanek & Carrie Scholz

Becoming a Skilled Consumer of Research
Workshop 8.3 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Shazia Miller

For more information about the conference, visit

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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